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Arrested Pakistan-trained terrorists were planning attacks similar to 1993 Mumbai blasts

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The two terrorists nabbed by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police for running a terror module for Pakistan’s ISI were planning explosions on bridges and railway tracks and large gatherings in India. Notably, 1.5 kg RDX was recovered from them at the time of arrest—an amount sufficient to cause wide-scale destruction.

The two terrorists— Osama alias Sami (22) and Zeeshan Qamar (28)—are being grilled by the agencies and according to media reports, they were planning something similar to the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

People from different locations were supposed to meet after conducting recce in different locations. A Maharashtra ATS team is in Delhi for meeting Special Cell officers and a joint interrogation of the suspects is likely.

Training in Pakistan

Upon interrogation of the terrorists, the police found that two of them, Osama alias Sami (22) and Zeeshan Qamar (28) had recently gone to Oman’s Muscat. From there, they were taken to Pakistan on a boat.

In Pakistan, they were kept at a farmhouse for around 15 days where they were imparted training in firearms by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence. At least 15 Bengali-speaking persons were also trained by the ISI in a farmhouse in a town named Jioni near Gwadar port along with two arrested terrorists, sources said. Police suspect they are from West Bengal.

According to the police, Pakistan’s intelligence agency was working with the associates of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim to plan attacks during the festival season in Delhi, UP and Maharashtra.

A senior police official said that Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Aneesh was hired by the ISI to ensure delivery of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), sophisticated weapons and grenades to different locations across India.

Also, Zeeshan and Osama were instructed to do a recce of the suitable locations in the national capital and Uttar Pradesh where these IEDs can be planted.

 

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